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Dawn French Interview for BBC Radio 4

Dawn French Interview for BBC Radio 4

National treasure and comedienne / author Dawn French popped by to Plymouth recording studios, April Media Productions this week to talk to Fiona Lindsay as part of a forthcoming BBC Radio 4 documentary.

The article explores if there is possibly any link between children of military parents (Dawn being one of them!) who were forced to move home on many occasions, and the performer instinct in them.

The programme airs in November and will include other interviews with actors Rupert Everett, Juliette Stevenson, and ex-Libertines frontman Pete Doherty.

Radio Broadcast – Tomorrows Engineers Week

Radio Broadcast – Tomorrows Engineers Week

April Media hosted a live radio interview broadcast session promoting Tomorrow’s Engineers Week with guest Sarah Cain, Maintenance & Reliability Manager for Wrigley who was interviewed on multiple UK radio stations throughout the morning. 

The dream jobs of today’s young Britons are no longer those that offer a chance to shine in the limelight but those that offer an opportunity to help others.
Research for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week beginning today shows that the vast majority (90%) of children aged 9 – 18 want a job that allows them to tackle social issues.
The leading issues British children want to tackle include: homelessness (29%); helping people to become healthier (28%); providing access to clean water (26%); sustainable energy (22%); and disaster relief (25%). Considering the career goals they cite: being part of ‘something to be proud of’ (43%), finding excitement (37%) and making a difference (31%), it’s little wonder the issues they wish to solve are admirable.
However, irrespective of whether they find work that allows them to help people or not, over half (59%) are fearful that they may not earn enough money in their work – this includes 52% of those surveyed who are still of primary school age.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (6-10 November 2017, #TEWeek17) is designed to raise awareness of the engineering careers that tackle the issues that young people care about the most and highlight that, with engineering careers, young people can make a difference and earn money. Starting salaries for engineering and technology graduates are around 20% higher than the average.

The research has also shown that the answer to the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ has undergone a technological revolution. Of all the careers available, almost 1 in 10 of the 1,200 children surveyed who had a dream job in mind cited being a YouTube star, gamer or game designer.

Among the other “dream careers” that could raise an eyebrow among the older generations were tattooists and body piercers; anime artists and football referees. Of the 9-18 year olds questioned two-thirds (67%) would consider a career in engineering if it allowed them to help the world, the environment or save people’s lives.

We are joined in the studio by Eleanor Eyre, Head of Careers at Engineering UK and Sarah Cain, Maintenance and Reliability Manager for Wrigley.

BBC R4 Documentary Shapes Up Nicely

BBC R4 Documentary Shapes Up Nicely

April Media were recording local VO talent Jenny Lane for a BBC Radio 4 documentary which airs Sat 4th March at 8PM

BBC Radio 4 – Archive on 4, The Shape of Things That Came

HG Wells’ future history novel looks back from the year 2106. Halfway through the novel’s time span, Sean Street explores what the author got almost right – or terribly wrong.

In 1933, Wells published a novel which purported to be a history of the years 1929 to 2105, received from the future in dreams. He called his book The Shape of Things to Come, a phrase that has since become a part of the English language. Now, 84 years into the time scale of this prophetic book and with 88 more to go to complete the story – poet and professor of radio Sean Street goes back to the text and explores what Wells got right, what he got wrong – and what may be yet to come.

From predicting another world war to a utopian world government, he navigates a journey through Wells’ future past using audio archives and contemporary news bulletins, with expert help from Christopher Frayling, Andy Sawyer and Orson Wells.

Maxine Peake drops in… but you knew that already?

Maxine Peake drops in… but you knew that already?

English actress Maxine Peake dropped by to record a VO during filming in Plymouth for a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary.

‘Northern Spirit’ delves into the extraordinary world of northern clairvoyants, psychics and mediums.

Whether it’s ghosts, energies or auras, millions of Britons are firm believers of the ‘other side.’ This observational documentary follows clairvoyants who are busy responding to the increasing demand for spiritual guidance in the North of England.

Tapping into established psychic practices, professional rivalries, and faithful clients, we will get an authentic insight into this intriguing, ethereal world often shrouded in secrecy. We will meet the clairvoyants, faithful clients and cynics alike.

Of the commission Dom Bird says, “Northern Spirit promises to bring a warm and unique insight into the mysterious world of clairvoyants. With a 360 degree view of this world through the eyes of both the psychics and their loyal clients Northern Spirit will celebrate the characters behind this extraordinary community. From our businesses to our love lives, these modern mediums advise on every facet of life. It’s a fascinating world that raises many profound questions about our innate desire for spiritual guidance.”

The programme will air on Channel 4 late 2015.

Maxine made her name as Twinkle in Victoria Wood’s sitcom dinnerladies. She has since played Veronica in Channel 4’s Manchester-based drama series Shameless,  barrister Martha Costello QC in BBC legal drama Silk and Grace Middleton in The Village. She is also an accomplished stage actress, and co-starred in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything.

Eating Weetabix Doesn’t Have To Be Taxing!

Eating Weetabix Doesn’t Have To Be Taxing!

Adam Hart-Davis dropped by to April Media Recording Studios to record a voiceover for a new Weetabix TV advert.

Adam Hart-Davis is an English polymath, comprising scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster, well known in the UK for presenting the BBC television series Local Heroes and What the Romans Did for Us, the latter spawning several spin-off series involving the Victorians, the Tudors, the Stuarts and the Ancients.  Adam was also a co-presenter of Tomorrow’s World, and presented Science Shack. Currently he presents How London Was Built and Just Another Day on History UK.

Well Oil Never! – Professor Iain Stewart drops by…

Well Oil Never! – Professor Iain Stewart drops by…

Professor Ian Stewart dropped by to April Media Productions Recording studios to record for the forthcoming BBC series Planet Oil, scheduled for airing later this month.

In this series, Professor Iain Stewart visits the places that gave birth to the earth’s oil riches, discovers the people who fought over its control and supply, and explores how our insatiable thirst for oil is changing the very planet on which we depend. It’s a journey that will help us answer a fundamental question – how did we become so addicted to oil in little more than one human lifetime?

The ONE and only ‘Lucy’ shows up

The ONE and only ‘Lucy’ shows up

Reporter Lucy Siegle from BBC’s One Show was at April Media Productions today recording a voiceover for an article to be aired later this week.

The item is entitled “Ceasefire Babies” and covers the topic of 20 years since the Northern Ireland IRA Ceasefire.

The One Show is a topical magazine-style daily television programme broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD on weekdays.